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Celebrating 125 Years of Women at WVU.

What is Women’s and Gender Studies?

Women’s and Gender Studies examines the contributions, perspectives, experiences, roles, and status of individuals within an historical and multicultural framework. Challenging stereotypes, our students explore the ways gender, socioeconomic class, sexual identity, race, ethnicity and age shape experience. Students are encouraged to explore female behavior and the realities of women’s lives, and to examine how femininity and masculinity are socially and culturally molded rather than determined by biology alone.

Featured Course:

How are Women portrayed in Film?

Enroll in WGST 150 this upcoming semester and watch some movies while learning about depictions of gender in film.

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Affiliated Organizations


April 2
Fireside Chat
WGST Graduate Student Panel
5:00 p.m., Colson Hall, Room 130 

April 12
Honors & Awards Ceremony
6:00-8:00 p.m., Mountaineer Room, Mountainlair 

April 18
Mohindar Singh Seehra Lecture:
Leading an "Integrated" Life: Relational and Reflective Communication Practices
presented by Dr. Erica Kirby
4:00 p.m., Shenandoah Room, Mountainlair

April 19
Faculty lunch with Dr. Erika Kirby
11:30 a.m., LGBTQ Center

April 22
The 5th Annual Lavender Graduation
3:00 p.m. Mountainlair Ballrooms

April 24
Women's & Gender Studies Fair
3:00-6:00 p.m., Mountainlair Ballrooms 

Call for Applications 

Scholarships for 2018-19

Applications are now being accepted for the next academic year for undergraduate and graduate scholarships.  The deadline to apply has been extended to March 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

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Alumni Spotlight

Lynne Ryan is currently working as a WIC Breastfeeding Counselor in Monongalia County and assists with a lactation clinic through WVU Medicine. She is also involved in a number of outreach programs dealing with domestic violence prevention, women’s health, and more. In recent years, she has been transitioning into more training and coordinating roles in breastfeeding and women’s health.

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